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June 9, 2016 - Volume 11


North Carolina adds seven STEM
Schools of Distinction for 2016

The N.C. State Board of Education has awarded seven schools as STEM Schools of Distinction for 2016. The schools are recognized based on their leadership, instruction, encouraging critical thinking, reasoning and teamwork. The schools recognized for "Model Level Achievement" also link STEM subjects with other courses such as Art, English, and History. State Superintendent June Atkinson said focusing on STEM provides students with the knowledge and applied learning experiences that will help ensure they graduate ready for college, careers and life. "STEM fields provide the greatest opportunities for students," she added. "I am glad we are preparing them to take advantage of these careers." View this year's recipients. You also can view previous honorees. Congratulations to this year's STEM Schools of Distinction. Please tweet us @NCSTEM with any suggestions or thoughts about this issue or future ones. Enjoy your e-Update!


US Chamber issues ESSA State Accountability Primers

In December 2015, Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), returning power back to the states for the creation of their education accountability systems. States now have a tremendous opportunity to involve a diverse group of business and community leaders in the development of goals and metrics for their student population and economic environment.



Skills-based volunteerism next big thing in the 21st century

Seasoned professionals and the swelling ranks of millennials alike are demanding new and different ways to get involved in STEM education — even if they’re not scientists and engineers. Skills-based volunteerism (SBV) allows someone to contribute their particular expertise and knowledge to solve a problem and build capacity for both STEM and non-STEM organizations.



Two NC universities voted top in nation for engineering degrees

Duke and NC State universities have been recognized for having two of the nation’s best master’s in engineering programs in the nation, according to new rankings by College Choice.



Brevard College to offer agricultural education program

Thanks to a $75,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation, Brevard College is moving forward with plans to become the only college in Western North Carolina to offer an agricultural education program.


STEM Spotlight

2016 U.S. News/Raytheon STEM Index


Like shoes and smartphones, America is importing more and more of its future STEM workforce. This new index recorded recently released shows a slight rise in hiring, education and general interest in technology and engineering over the last year, while math education and general interest in science declined. The biggest growth occurred at the graduate level, but despite years of investment in attracting more American students to STEM, that expansion was not homegrown. Click image above for more information and to view this year's index in its entirety.

Resources & Tools


North Carolina Statewide STEM Strategy

STEM Education Data and Trends

Race to the Top State-by-State analysis

The Connectory


Elementary STEM Implementation Rubric

Middle School STEM Implementation Rubric

High School STEM Implementation Rubric

STEM Attributes for North Carolina Schools

NC STEM ScoreCard


U.S. Department of Education

North Carolina Network of Grantmakers

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

NC STEM Center Funding Resources


STEM Grants & Awards

21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grant

NEF CyberLearning STEM Grants for schools

NEF’s STEM+ Academy Grant

STEM Trivia

Last issue's STEM Trivia question: Researchers have determined what can attribute to having superior brain power? The answer is either being busy or busy schedules. Thanks for all the correct answers!

Let's see how well you do with this week's question ...

Scientists discovered what kind of tropical fish can differentiate between human faces?

Think you know the answer? Click here to submit your response to @NCSTEM. If you choose not to click that link, please include the word "answer" in your tweet so we can find it (the link will automatically do so for you). We’ll announce winners in the next e-Update!


Upcoming STEM Events

What's New?

The NC STEM Center has entered into a partnership with The Connectory, the go-to place for families to discover local STEM opportunities for the children in their lives and for program providers to find partners with which to collaborate. Visit the new Find Opportunities page to browse upcoming opportunities.


New Charter School Leaders Institute

NCSSM Summer Accelerator Program

NCTA Leadership Retreat

NCHICA 2016 Annual Conference and Exhibition

CED Tech Venture Conference

5th Annual Bridging the Gap Conference

Do you have an event coming up and want people to know about it?

Send us your event information to include in a future NC STEM e-Update

Thank You!

Regional STEM Resources

A Time for Science Learning Center

A Time for Science Nature and Science Learning Center in Grifton is open to groups and organizations to promote the outdoor experience to all ages. As a nature education center, its purpose is to engage children and adults in programs, hikes, field trips, kayaking, planetarium shows and astronomy education. As the steward of nearly 400 acres of conservation land with four distinct ecosystems (swamps, forests, creeks and lakes), the center monitors and protects the land while focusing programs on its varied habitats to create an outdoor classroom. Click image or button below to learn more about this STEM resource.


Learn more more about STEM programs in your community, click here. Become a member of NC STEM Center today. Joining is free and easy. Logged-in members get access to grant opportunities and the ability to promote their STEM programs and events.




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